As you are no doubt aware by now, before he was the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners, Kyler Murray was selected by the Athletics as an outfielder in the 2018 draft. You also know that he chose football, turning down the A’s and the nearly $5 million signing bonus they offered him in order to pursue his NFL dreams.
Today Monte Poole of NBC Bay Area has a column on Murray’s choice and (a) what it means for the NFL; and (b) what Murray could have meant for the Oakland A’s.
The initial choice — big money now with the likelihood of a short career vs. comparatively modest money now with the chance of much more later — is one we’re all aware of when it comes to two-sport athletes. Poole talks about what it means beyond just that.